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Copyright: Norbert Gorski (hekcik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus E-10, Std. 9-36mm, RAW ISO 160
Exposure: f/2.4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-18 12:19
Viewed: 3127
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
Dusk, Valley Sluzewiecka, Olympus E-10

Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. The ducks are divided between several subfamilies listed in full in the Anatidae article. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than their relatives the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water.

Most ducks have a wide flat beak adapted for dredging. They exploit a variety of food sources such as grasses, grains and aquatic plants, fish, and insects. Some (the diving ducks) forage deep underwater; the others (the dabbling ducks) feed from the surface of water or on land. To be able to submerge easier, the diving ducks are heavier for size than dabbling ducks, and therefore have more difficulty taking off to fly. A few specialized species (the goosander and the mergansers) are adapted to catch large fish.

In a wildlife pond, the bottom over most of the area should be too deep for dabbling wild ducks to reach the bottom, to protect bottom-living life from being constantly disturbed and eaten by ducks dredging.

The sound made by some female ducks is called a "quack"; a common (and false) urban legend is that quacks do not produce an echo.

The males (drakes) of northern species often have showy plumage, but this is moulted in summer to give a more female-like appearance, the "eclipse" plumage. Many species of ducks are temporarily flightless while moulting; they seek out protected habitat with good food supplies during this period. This moult typically precedes migration.

Some duck species, mainly those breeding in the temperate and arctic Northern Hemisphere, are migratory, but others are not. Some, particularly in Australia where rainfall is patchy and erratic, are nomadic, seeking out the temporary lakes and pools that form after localised heavy rain.

In many areas, wild ducks of various species (including ducks farmed and released into the wild) are hunted for food or sport, by shooting, or formerly by decoys. From this came the expression "a sitting duck" to mean "an easy target".

Ducks have many economic uses, being farmed for their meat, eggs, feathers and down feathers. Most domestic ducks were bred from the wild Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, but many breeds have become much larger than their wild ancestor, with a "hull length" (from base of neck to base of tail) of 30 cm (12 inches) or more and routinely able to swallow an adult British Common Frog, Rana temporaria, whole.

Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots.


52°10'04.78" N
21°01'43.88" E


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To annagrace: how were you so low to the water?hekcik 1 06-18 16:23
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A stunning capture - how were you so low to the water? Exceptional POV and sharpness!


Very nice picture.
Little to centered, I should had cropped to left just to remove the straw. Very good POV, I like the low angel.
The details are very good and nice colours.
Very well done.

Witaj Norbercie!
bardzo dobry pomys³ z tym zdjeciem z poziomu lustra wody. naprawde wyglada fantastycznie. gratulujê udanej kompozycji i ¶wietnego zdjecia.

witaj Norbert:)

kolejne udane zdjecie:) podobaja mi sie kolorki i ostrosc:) dobre:!


Excellent shot Norbert, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. The perspektive is very well. Thanks for sharing

pienka głębia, super !!!!!

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